Stats for February 13, 2019

1st Charles Reinke found himself on the top of the proverbial heap with a perfect 4-0 +334 record. His first game was, unsurprisingly, a victory, with Charles triumphing 418-334 over James Frankki. Charles had SNEERED and PANIERS as his bingos, while James had SERENADE (which is SNEERED + A). A match against Dave Gilligan ended with Charles' out-bingo of GURGLING, which took a relatively close game into "drubbing" territory, 452-267. The upward trajectory for Charles continued as he faced off against Bryan Benwitz and won 516-389. Bryan played CRISPIER and URETHANS, but Charles proved once again that three bingos is better than two by playing DETENTS, DEBATING, and EMENDERS. That previously-mentioned upward trajectory, which seemed poised to unceasingly continue upward for all eternity, did drop down a little bit in the final game as Charles squeaked out a close game against newcomer Barb Pratzel, 398-376. Barb's SQUAREST for 100 was the highest-scoring bingo of the night, but it fell just short of securing her the victory.

2nd Thomas Reinke went 4-1 +224, but his 80% winning percentage was barely higher than his 79.2% winning percentage for the club season, meaning he should have tried harder to go 5-0. His first game was a two-on-one with mixed results; he beat Dennis Lloyd in a tightly-fought 385-369 contest, but fell to Bryan Benwitz 397-440 in the other game. Interestingly, Thomas phonied Dennis with the plausible-sounding misscore, a word which all Scrabble players have used at least one time while correcting an incorrectly-counted play. In the second round, Thomas had another close game, but used bingos of DIVORCEE and DRONERS to take out James Frankki 408-392. James played CHOLERA, which is good in Scrabble but not good in real life. After a solid 405-324 win against Betty Hasselkus, Thomas went up against Mark Kenas in a game using the Collins dictionary. That one was a blowout in Thomas' favor, 493-339, and he had a trio of nice bingos: ACACIAS, FURANES, and word-of-the-week NAPROXEN.

3rd Bryan Benwitz finished 3-1 +147, taking third by just a few spread points over Barb Pratzel. He started strongly and fearlessly by taking down Thomas Reinke 440-397, playing bingos of ALEURONE, ENDORSEE, and ARRAIGNS to great effect. A game against Gail Salm in the next round was slightly less comfortable for Bryan, but he still got the win, 398-375. Gail did outbingo him by getting UNSEATS and BETAINES to Bryan's sole SUNTANS. In the third round, Bryan suffered his only loss, the 389-516 final score wiping out all of his spread and leaving him in the negatives. However, all that spread was gained back and more with a 524-316 win over James Frankki. His three bingos of MENTION, REVILER, and TORSADE were nice, but even nicer were his non-bingo plays of FUNPLEX and QAJAQ, the latter of which might not get played for another two decades.

4th Barb Pratzel, in her first-ever experience with competitive Scrabble, went 3-1 +130 (with a 406 average!) and just barely missed out on the top three. Her best game was a 458-378 win against Gail Salm where she played UNEARTHS and STRIVEN. With six bingos in four games, she found herself right at home with the club's collection of bingo-prone players!



Bingos
Bryan Benwitz9ALEURONE ENDORSEE ARRAIGNS SUNTANS CRISPIER URETHANS REVILER MENTION TORSADE
Dennis Lloyd8WALLETS ETESIAN BRAINING AUTOMAT LEAKING NAILSET unspring bailist
Thomas Reinke8GAMIEST DRONERS DIVORCEE FOOTSIE NAPROXEN FURANES ACACIAS misscore
Charles Reinke8SNEERED PANIERS COPILOTS GURGLING DETENTS DEBATING EMENDERS RESTATE
Mark Kenas7STIRRED MISSOUT PONTILS STERNWAY UNDERLIE REJOINS TENTIER
Barb Pratzel6AUDITORS INQUIRE UNEARTHS STRIVEN SQUAREST methene
Aaron Bader5FUCOIDS GESTATE ABALONE CODINGS TUTORED
Gail Salm5OATIEST UNSEATS BETAINES GRANITES INCOMES
James Frankki4SERENADE CHOLERA DISUNITE TINKERS
Dave Gilligan4OVERSOAK CINDERS SNORTED GROUNDED
Betty Hasselkus3STAGIER PIMENTO ANGLERS
Sue Goldstein2TEACHER LANCERS
David Kinzer1READOUT

High Averages
446Charles Reinke
443Aaron Bader
438Bryan Benwitz
418Thomas Reinke
406Dennis Lloyd

Low Opponent Averages
342Charles Reinke
358David Kinzer
371Aaron Bader
373Thomas Reinke
374Barb Pratzel

High Scoring Bingos
100FURANESThomas Reinke
100SQUARESTBarb Pratzel
95ACACIASThomas Reinke
91ENDORSEEBryan Benwitz
90unspringDennis Lloyd

Session Averages
Avg. Game Score390
Avg. Intermediate Score0
Avg. Expert Score390
Avg. Winning Score431
Avg. Losing Score349
Avg. Bingo Score74